"Teaching with Freedom's Frontier Historic Places" is a series of lesson plans using national register nominated structures within the 41 counties of Freedom's Frontier. Modeled after the National Park Service program "Teaching with Historic Places," these lesson plans provide new ways of looking at our local history. Each location selected reflects one of the three core themes of Freedom's Frontier: Shaping the Frontier, the Missouri Kansas Border War, and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom. Have any questions about this program, or are you interested in developing lesson plans for your own site? E-mail Education & Interpretation Manager Liz Hobson

Paseo YMCA: Serving the Needs of a Growing Community in the Face of Segregation

 In these activities using primary sources related to the Paseo YMCA, students will examine the strength of community in meetings its growing needs in the face of segregation in Kansas City's 18th and Vine neighborhood during the early years of the 20th century. 

Primary Documents 
The Paseo Y.M.C.A. Made New (brochure)
A Building for Colored Men in Kansas City (brochure) 
What the Y.M.C.A. is Doing to Save Boys and Young Men (flyer)
Paseo YMCA Architectural Plans 1913 
Kansas City Negroes Aid Themselves  (transcription) 





Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm: Serving the Needs of People on the Move
In these activities using primary and secondary sources, students will investigate the role of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm in the development of Olathe and Kansas through the lenses of geography, government, history, and economics. 
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site WebsiteLesson Plan 

Primary Documents 
Johnson County 1874 Atlas Olathe Map
Johnson County 1874 Atlas Mahaffie Farm 
Carrie Stearns Account
Ella Mahaffie Recollections
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Newspaper Reference
Mahaffie Farmstead National Register of Historic Places Nomination
Pictures of Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site- July 2016




The John Wornall House: The War Comes Home

In these activities using primary and secondary sources, students will examine the use of the Wornall House as a Civil War field hospital and the impact of the war on the home front. 

Wornall Majors House Museum Website


Lesson Plan 

Primary Documents 
Battle of Westport Book
Battle of Westport Self-Guided Auto Tour Map
Bingham Martial Order
Destruction of Lawrence
General Order No. 11
Memories of Frank Wornall excerpted
Wornall House National Register Nomination
Wornall Family Portrait- Undated
Mr. Wornall- Bingham Painting 1866
Mrs. Wornall- Bingham Painting 1866
Roma Wornalll- Bingham Painting 
Pictures of Wornall House - August 2016





Lecompton Constitution Hall: Civil War Birth Place and Where Slavery Began to Die
In these activities using primary and secondary sources, students will investigate the role of Lecompton and Kansas in the start of the Civil War and how historic events are reflected in maps created at the time of those events. Students will also investigate the criteria for a location being named to the National Register of Historic Places and how those places preserve history. 





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